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NEW YORK - Jenner & Block today announced that Partner Peter B. Pope has been named New York Office Chair of the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.
Mr. Pope joined Jenner & Block in 2010. Before entering private practice, Mr. Pope headed the Criminal Division for the New York State Attorney General's office during the era that Eliot Spitzer transformed it into a national force for financial prosecutions. He had previously worked as an organized crime prosecutor for Robert Morgenthau and had been a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. More recently, Mr. Pope was a top policy aide to Governors David Paterson and Spitzer, and a campaign advisor to current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Mr. Pope has also been a partner of leading Manhattan defense lawyer Stanley Arkin.
The team that Mr. Pope will lead has an impressive scope of experience, and includes alumni from all four of New York’s key prosecuting offices – the Southern and Eastern Districts, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and the Office of the Attorney General. The depth of the team’s investigative and trial experience has attracted a wide range of individual clients and has led numerous major companies to turn to Jenner & Block for internal investigations on highly sensitive matters.
Mr. Pope attended Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he was a Notes editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Jenner & Block has made an impressive impact in New York since it opened its New York office in 2005:
Until late last year, Jenner & Block's New York white collar group was headed by Andrew Weissmann, former head of the Department of Justice's Enron Task Force and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Weissmann left the firm in late 2011 to become General Counsel of the FBI, following a long Jenner & Block tradition of public service. Other former Firm partners now or recently in government service include Donald B. Verrilli, Solicitor General of the United States; Thomas J. Perrelli, former Associate Attorney General; and Jeremy Creelan, Special Counsel for Public Integrity and Ethics Reform to Governor Andrew Cuomo.